Insecurity: 13-year-old student narrates how he escaped despite getting shot


Samaila Dahiru, a student of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, has narrated how he was shot by bandits who attempted to kill his teacher.

Dahiru, 13, sustained a gunshot injury on his thigh during the abduction of 73 students from the school located in Maradun LGA of Zamfara state. After he was discharged from the hospital, Dahiru said a fellow student carried him on his shoulders and fled into the bush.“I was in class when we saw them coming. They got into the school and took a number of us using their motorcycles. They took both girls and boys into the bush. Some of them were made to trek,” he said.

I ran away and they chased me. I was calling Mallam Kabir, my teacher, when they made an attempt to shoot him but suddenly they shot me.“One of the students in my class carried me on his shoulder after I was shot and ran into the bush with me. When the place was peaceful, he took me home.”

Aliyu Abubakar, a teacher in the school, said Dahiru’s medical bill was paid by the state’s ministry of humanitarian affairs.

Commenting on the attack, the teacher said he was on his way to the staff room when he saw bandits coming on motorcycles.“We had started the terminal examination and we gave students a timetable for mock and JSCE. I just came out of the SS2 class on my way to the staff room when I saw them coming on motorcycles,” Abubakar said.“We have been living in fear before this incident happened. Have you seen any security in this town? That is the way we are. There are no security agents in this town.”He said the community has pleaded with the state government to provide security.

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